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Mole Chili Con Carne with Kahlua

This deliciously rich chili is loaded with flavor. Mole Chili Con Carne is made with tender boneless chuck roast in a chipotle pepper and dark chocolate sauce, with the robust coffee flavor of Kahlúa liqueur that helps to pack a serious chili punch. Best chili I have ever made, hands down.

Mole Chili Con Carne

This post was sponsored by Kahlúa to help promote their Summer Shake Up campaign. I was compensated for the content here, but all opinions are my own.

I have a big family. I mean – not the Duggar family monstrous by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m the oldest of 5. When 5 kids grow up and have significant others you end up with 10 people in your house before you even invite your mom.

And the 5 of us, we get along really well, so we actually like to make up reasons to get together.

Because 12+ birthday parties a year plus holidays doesn’t cover enough bases, I guess?

This year we have been finding the most fun excuses to get together. We’ve been planning parties around movies we loved as kids with Jurassic Park topping the list. There is an 80’s party happening soon while we watch The Wedding Singer – full 80’s attire is required for attendance.

Chili Con Carne Recipe with Mole

It’s THE MOST fun to have everyone over, and even more fun to re-watch things we must have viewed a zillion times when we were younger. I enjoy the menu-planning, but let’s be real.

This is not Thanksgiving, so I look for what will be simple, delicious, and cost effective for a crowd.

This Mole Chili Con Carne with Kahlúa is IT.

A fun dish with loads of flavor. It looks fancy and festive, but is really simple to pull together. And the toppings! Oh the topping possibilities are endless.

Are you familiar with Mole Sauce? It’s pretty easy to find prepared mole in the stores here. Basically it’s chili seasoned dark chocolate sauce- traditionally flavored with ancho chiles. I opted for chipotle chiles in adobo sauce because I think they are pretty easy to find in nearly any store, and I used really good quality dark chocolate.

I think this is the best chili I ever made. I’m not even joking.

The Kahlúa I stirred in at the end adds just that much more flavor. The coffee notes in the rum play really well with the tender beef and the chocolate.

Mole Chili Recipe

A meal fit for a crowd!

It will no doubt impress.

Chili Con Carne Recipe with Mole
Yield: 6 - 8

Mole Chili Con Carne with Kahlua

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Mole Chili Con Carne is loaded with tender chuck roast simmered in a chipotle pepper and chocolate sauce with the rich coffee flavors of Kahlúa. This is hands down the best chili I have EVER made. Takes a little time, but it's totally worth it.


  • 2 slices bacon
  • 3 pounds boneless chuck roast, fat trimmed and cut into 1 1/2" pieces
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2-4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped (2 for mild, 4 for hot)
  • 2 ounces good quality dark chocolate
  • 3 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup Kahlúa coffee liqueur

Optional Garnishes:

  • black beans
  • rice
  • queso fresco
  • chopped green onions
  • chopped cilantro
  • tortilla strips


  1. Cook the bacon in a large deep skillt or dutch oven. Remove to a paper towel to drain and remove all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.
  2. Add the chuck roast and brown it on all sides. Use a slotted spoon to place the beef in a large bowl and set it aside. If you have liquid in your pan, drain it all except for about 2 tablespoons.
  3. Add the onions and cook over medium heat until they are caramel-colored and smell sweet. Then add the garlic and green pepper. Cook for about a minute, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt, and cinnamon. Stir. Then stir in the chipotle peppers. Toss in the chocolate and stir until it melts.
  5. Pour in the beef broth and add the browned beef back to the pan. Bring everything to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes, or until the meat is very tender.
  6. Stir in the Kahlúa. Remove from the heat.
  7. Serve each bowl of chili with your favorite optional garnishes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 552Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 937mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 45g

I love serving sangria at my parties! Try something new with Kahlúa Sangria:
  • 2 parts Kahlúa
  • 2 parts red sangria

To serve: fill a wine glass with ice and pour the drink over it. Garnish with an orange.

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Tender beef, the perfect amount of spice, and a hint of dark chocolate make this Mole Chili con Carne THE BEST chili recipe!

Heather Hurst

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

Could you tell me how to make this in a instant pot?

Heather Tullos

Thursday 25th of June 2020

Nope - I don't have an Instant Pot. Let me know if you try it and it turns out though!


Thursday 7th of January 2016

This recipe is making my pregnant tastebuds water! Have you ever added the Khalua earlier so that the alcohol simmers out? :)

Heather Tullos

Saturday 9th of January 2016

You can do that! Or you can leave the kahlua out. Either way!

Barbara curry

Sunday 25th of October 2015

I don't like coffee at all so I was amazed that I even liked this. It is amazing. Thanks for sharing

Heather Tullos

Monday 26th of October 2015

Hi Barbara! I am SO glad you tried it and enjoyed it! This is MY FAVORITE chili recipe -- even all this time after I first made it! Thanks so much for the feedback!

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Wednesday 15th of October 2014

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Wednesday 20th of August 2014

Mahhhh gooodness, this looks so hearty and moist!!! I must make this soon, or something like it. I'm all getting hungry here...haha.


Thursday 21st of August 2014

Hungry is the idea! With good foods to fill you up! This chili is my favorite -- sooooo good.

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